Esther passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, in her home in Palo Alto. She was 83. Esther was one of two daughters of John and Clara Pfeiffer. Her sister, Helen, passed away in 1998. Her longtime companion, Denny Kelly, died earlier this year. Esther was lovingly cared for in her final days by nurses and caregivers from Vitas hospice, Mr. Kelly's two daughters, and some of her close frien...
Jan. 30, 1938 - Dec. 8, 2014
Portola Vallley, California
Diana Halprin passed away after a six plus year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and in 1959 received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College in Boston, where she met her husband, Steve.
In 1963, they moved to the Bay Area, where they raised their two sons. She returned to school to get a master's degree in counseling from Santa Clara Universit...
June 21, 1935 - Dec. 7, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Lynn Torin, a longtime Palo Alto resident whose many leadership roles included chairing the city's Human Relations Commission and its first Parks and Recreation Commission, died on Dec. 7 at Channing House. She was 79.
Torin, who was born in Spain and spent her childhood in Chile, came to the United States in 1946 and later studied at the University of California, Berkeley. She married Dave Tor...
Virginia Rezek O'Hagan Herbert, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died suddenly but peacefully at home after a short bout with pneumonia. She would have been 96 years old next month. Teaching and inspiring young people was her passion, and she dedicated her life to communicating her vibrant love of literature, drama and the arts. Intellectually and emotionally engaged until the very end, Virginia is ...
Philip W. Arcuni died of a sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday, November 23, 2014, while bicycling up Old La Honda Road with his niece, Alix Wicker, on his way to the ocean.
Phil was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1958, the son of a Naval officer, and the family moved frequently around the country, living in Texas; Monterey, California; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Key West, Florida; Doylestown, Pen...
Patrick Colonel Suppes
March 17, 1922 - Nov. 17, 2014
public service, business, teacher/educator, arts/media, veteran
Dr. Patrick Colonel Suppes, the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University, died peacefully in his campus home surrounded by family on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He was 92.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 17, 1922, Pat quickly distinguished himself as a gifted and charming student. Pat spent one year at the University of Tulsa and one year at the University of Oklahoma. I...
Aug. 20, 1950 - Nov. 15, 2014
Emerald Hills/Redwood City, California
Susan (Hayworth) Nahmens passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 15 with her husband of 48 years, Bob, by her side, at their home in Emerald Hills. Susan was one of four daughters born to Dr. Ballard and Aleta Hayworth, who moved to Redwood City in 1954. Susan and Bob raised two sons, Mark and Tom, who still live in the area.
Susan will be remembered as an excellent athlete and garden...
Louis B. Kavanau
Feb. 18, 1931 - Nov. 14, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Louis Kavanau -- beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend -- died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.
Lou was born in New York City on Feb. 18, 1931, attended New York City schools and graduated from the City College of New York. He later earned an MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University.
He lived in Palo Alto for over 40 years and was an avid tennis player and a dedicated voluntee...
June 3, 1948 - Nov. 12, 2014
San Juan Capistrano, California
Steve Freese was born on June 3, 1948, and died on Nov. 12, 2014 from complications due to lung cancer. His wife, Laura Smyth Freese, and daughters, Corine Freese, Shauna Freese and Alexa Freese Wiley were by his side, along with other friends and relatives.
He grew up in Palo Alto, attending Crescent Park Elementary School, Jordan Junior High School and Palo Alto High School.
Though Steve a...
Philip Gibson Hodge
Nov. 9, 1920 - Nov. 11, 2014
Palo Alto, California
teacher/educator, arts/media, veteran
Professor Philip G. Hodge Jr., member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards in his field, died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2014 in Sunnyvale, California, with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. Professor Hodge was a key contributor to plasticity theory and published five books on the subject, several of which were translated into other languages. His research ...
Barney Lim was born in Rochester, MN, to Dr. Richard and Catherine Lim on August 4, 1954, and he was the second of nine children. His family lived in Winnipeg, Canada, before relocating to Santa Barbara.
Barney graduated with honors from UC Davis and received his Doctorate in Dentistry from UCLA. After graduating from UCLA, Dr. Lim attended the periodontal residency at the University of Was...
Former Palo Alto resident Douglas Daniel Albert Naylor, 70, passed away on Nov. 9, hours after he was struck by a car while crossing Pacific Coast Highway by Big Rock in Malibu.
He was born on March 30, 1944, in Keswick, Iowa. After the death of his mother the family moved to their Uncle Tiny's ranch, Naylor & Son's, in Riverside, California when he was 9. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the ag...
George Matthew Liddicoat, son of Mary Jo and George Liddicoat, passed away suddenly Sunday evening, Nov. 9.
Matt was a longtime resident of Palo Alto and attended Wilbur Middle school (now known as JLS) and was a Cubberley graduate class of '77. He went on to University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated as a Geology & Geophysics major. Matt found the love of rugby while at UCSB and c...